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Dr. Gail Krantzberg

A Statement from Dr. Gail Krantzberg

"I am excited, honoured and challenged with the task of running the IJC's Great Lakes Regional Office in Windsor, Ontario. The staff are fiercely dedicated to making the lakes great and it is a passion we share to advance that cause. I have degrees from McGill University in Montréal and completed my Ph.D. at the University of Toronto on contaminant cycling and ecological effects. Since the late 1980s, I have worked for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment as an ecotoxicologist, sediment specialist and senior policy advisor on Great Lakes priorities. As some of you may recall, I had the privilege of coordinating the development and implementation of the Collingwood Harbor Remedial Action Plan, and the Area of Concern was delisted in 1994.

I am not new to the IJC having served the Commission on the Great Lakes Water Quality Board, Sediment Priority Action Committee, Indicator Implementation Task Force and Council of Great Lakes Research Managers.

I believe that these are formidable times for our Great Lakes. The integrity of the ecosystem is sharply challenged by the massive loss of habitat, unplanned growth, continued invasion of exotic species and the cycling of toxic chemicals. Some stressors, such as climate change and long range transport of toxic chemicals, need solutions that extend beyond the local or regional level.

One challenge the IJC faces is stimulating inter-organizational programs to provide the fabric within which site-specific actions and regional coordination can be cultivated. Today, the upcoming review of the GLWQA provides us all with a tremendous opportunity to create or confirm a shared vision for our Great Lakes. Today we have the opportunity to mobilize new energy as we strive to make the lakes a vibrant and healthy ecosystem, central to the well being of all who live and play here.

The dedication of those involved in cleaning up and protecting the lakes is clear - as is the level of frustration. Notwithstanding that frustration, the majesty of the lakes is the virtue that sustains the power of all of us who fight to ensure we can all live and grow in this awesome place."

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